In late September, one of our Elite Diamond Contractors™ in New England, Briggs Heating and Air Conditioning, opened its newest location: Cape Cod Heat Pumps, LLC, in Bourne, Massachusetts.
Cape Cod Heat Pumps provides design services, installation and follow-up servicing. They also display our products and home comfort accessories in an interactive showroom. All showroom equipment is fully operational, providing cooling and heating for the building. During the opening weekend, visitors to the showroom were eligible for a variety of prizes, including wall-mounted units, $2,000 toward a multi-zone system and a $2,000 rebate.
The opening of Cape Cod Heat Pumps coincided with the announcement of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Clean Heating & Cooling program. Our technology, combined with Cape Cod Heat Pumps’ expertise, will help meet the program’s energy goals over the next five years.
In recent years, there has been an effort in Detroit to restore the city’s historic downtown area. This rehabilitation included the David Whitney Building (David Whitney), which sat vacant for 15 years prior to its recent renovation. The mixed-use building now offers luxury residences, the Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney (Aloft), a restaurant and a bar.
A challenging, yet essential component of the David Whitney’s restoration, was selecting an HVAC system that could meet the 100-year-old building’s needs. The new system needed to serve the large space without disrupting any of its historic charm.
During the planning stages, developer Vince Dattilo, vice president of construction and project management, Roxbury Group, Detroit, and his team were concerned with the high cost and feasibility of running ductwork. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology was appealing for its avoidance of this issue, as well as its impressive efficiency and reliability. Energy modeling supported VRF as the best option: Going with VRF would bring the original $6.8 million estimate for a forced-air system down to $5 million.
The project team selected VRF from Mitsubishi Electric. In addition to solving the need for low utility costs, Mitsubishi Electric’s indoor units’ clean design contributed to maintaining the building’s architectural integrity. Further, both guests and employees of Aloft appreciate the system’s high level of consistency and ability to provide personalized comfort in each individual room. Scott Mondock, Aloft’s director of engineering, called Mitsubishi Electric VRF “probably one of the best systems I’ve ever had a chance to work with.”
To learn more about how the David Whitney restoration has served as a catalyst for continued city of Detroit restoration, read the case study here.
Are your customers in the Northeast interested in updating their cooling and heating system, and want to learn more about our Zoned Comfort Solutions™?
Now, you can direct them to a new page on our Comfort website specifically designed for their region. Homeowners can learn about our zoned technology and how it can provide them year-round comfort. But beyond just learning information about the technology, customers can also schedule a consultation with a local Diamond Contractor™ and see which products qualify for local utility rebates.
If consumers are eager to stay connected with Mitsubishi Electric, they can also download a brochure about our heat pumps and subscribe for continual updates about products and our involvement in the HVAC industry.
We are excited to share this new, valuable resource with you; don’t forget to share it with your customers!
Registration is now open for our free, hour-long webinar, “Advances in VRF Technology: Satisfy Cold Climate and Other Application Challenges”!
On Thursday, December 8, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST, Architectural Record will host the webinar. Presenters will include our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing; and Greg Hosselbarth, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, regional manager, commercial. Attendees will learn how advanced heating technology and Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) are an impressive combination in cold-weather climates.
- New technology advancements that enable VRF to be the sole heat source
- Why many designers use VRF to earn LEED points
- What happens when a facility must guarantee its occupants’ comfort
- Why VRF is here to stay
Click here to register for the webinar.
3D printing has truly arrived. We’ve already seen the medical industry’s revolution begin with affordable prosthetics, and we are on the verge of printing functional human body parts. Indeed, 3D printing has already begun influencing almost every industry – automotive, entertainment, wearables, even the funeral industry.
The building industry is no exception. At first, individual building components were 3D printed – screws, planks, walls. Now, we’re seeing entire buildings. Recently, Dubai made the world’s first 3D-printed office building – including furnishings and interior design!
It’s not hard to understand the appeal. The Dubai office building took just 19 days to print and install. The total cost was $140,000 – half the cost of traditional building. Incredible, almost unbelievable stories like this are cropping up all over, for example one about a Chinese company 3D printing 10, single-story homes in under 24 hours.
For individual consumers, it’s an exciting time. For professionals in the building industry, it may also be an anxious time. We don’t yet know how the industry will be affected since 3D printing is really in its infancy despite some remarkable success stories. How will 3D printing affect manufacturing? Labor? Design? Some of these questions will be answered in the immediate future, but some won’t get answered for quite some time.
When it comes to our business, it will be a while before customers are asking for 3D-printed HVAC units. When they do, though, it could be with good reason. Here are some possibilities to look forward to:
- Architects may see a new era of design freedom. Cost and process limitations that push architects toward rectilinear forms may be broken down, making curvilinear design achievable on a more regular basis.
- Distributors may be able to stock products faster and more easily.
- HVAC contractors may be able to acquire products faster and more easily, and at even more convenient locations.
- End-users may be able to enjoy true customization, designing colors and images like photographs and favorite quotations directly into their homes and appliances.
We’re not 3D printing our products just yet – don’t get too excited – but our very own Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) is doing cutting-edge research on 5D printing, keeping Mitsubishi Electric at the front of the pack during this amazing period of technological advancement.
Photo: Scott Pease/Pease Photography, 2015
St. Ignatius Loyola School, Cincinnati, is the largest private school in the state. Since its original structure dates back to the 1950s, many of the classrooms did not have air conditioning, making the warmer months unbearable. In the winter, the school’s low-pressure boiler consumed a lot of gas, and in turn, cost a lot of money to run adequately. With over 1,000 K-8 students enrolled, the school’s HVAC system needed an upgrade in both comfort and efficiency.
The new system needed to meet three objectives: flexible design, easy maintenance and improved controls for cost savings. Tim Schweikert, the school’s physical plant manager, liked Mitsubishi Electric’s Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology because it offered quiet operation and efficiency. As the only two-pipe VRF system, it would also allow for flexible design for a space-constrained building.
According to Schweikert, the VRF system has exceeded expectations: “When we compare our utility bill to the one from last year, it’s about the same. Keep in mind that we didn’t have air conditioning before and that this new bill includes at least 12 weeks of air conditioning. So it’s like we got free air conditioning.”
In addition to the school’s new cooling capabilities, the system has also performed well during one of Cincinnati’s coldest winters in 15 years. Despite temperatures dropping well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the system kept up, providing exceptional comfort.
To learn more about the benefits of VRF in St. Ignatius Loyola School, be sure to check out the case study here.
Zoned Comfort Solutions™ in the “Veterans Village” of tiny houses, as a part of the Veterans Community Project.
A daily routine is something most of us take for granted. While our lives may get stressful from time to time, nothing compares to the challenges our soldiers face while serving our country. Men and women in the United States Armed Forces put their lives on hold so we may enjoy our family, friends and a safe home. On this Veterans Day, we remember how important it is to recognize the service of all U.S. military veterans.
When veterans transition back to civilian life, they take on a new challenge they may not have faced before. Fortunately, there are many nonprofit organizations that help make this transition smoother. We sponsor Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), New Braunfels, Texas and they assist wounded veterans by providing a custom-built, mortgage-free home tailored to their needs and the needs of their family. In Kansas City, Missouri, the Veterans Community Project (VCP) also offers a holistic support system for homeless veterans – providing housing, food and counseling.
Our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ have been donated to numerous custom houses in support of both OFH and the VCP. We are proud to work with these organizations and to support veterans in the way we know best: keeping them comfortable.
When we think of our homes, we think of places that provide comfort. That comfort might be emotional, physical or both – whatever makes us feel at ease.
Unfortunately, not all of us have this luxury in life. In Ocean County, New Jersey, many working professionals cannot afford to live comfortably. Remarkable organizations, like the Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity, see this problem and work to find a solution for professionals and their families. We are humbled to have recently been involved in one such effort.
From September 30 – October 2, 2016, we joined forces alongside one of our distributors, ABCO, to participate in a blitz build event. Working with local New Jersey businesses including the Ocean County Mall, Toms River and 100.1 WJRZ, Manahawkin, we sponsored a build event to start the movement toward comfortable and affordable living for everyone. Together, we hosted the first-ever “Building Homes from the Heart.”
From planning to execution, the volunteers began to make safe, affordable housing a reality for their community. We were deeply honored to donate to the comfort of our friends and families in Ocean County.
Registration for our free, hour-long webinar, “Whole Building Control: From Concept to Reality” is now open!
On Thursday, November 17, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST, The News will host our own Kevin Miskewicz, LEED® Green Associate and director, commercial marketing; and Mark Kulik, associate product manager, controls, as they discuss the evolution of building controls systems and how today’s innovations offer another level of building management.
Topics will include:
- Current industry trends that influence controls system development
- Today’s most advanced systems and how they differ from earlier technologies
- Future of controls systems
Click here to register for the webinar.
At Mitsubishi Electric, we take pride in creating sustainable cooling and heating technology. Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to share our newest innovations at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building and sustainable design. It attracts industry leaders and experts from all over the globe. In addition to a diverse crowd, Greenbuild is known for its attractions. This year included a film festival, yoga session and Women in Green Power Breakfast. The buzz was so contagious that #Greenbuild16 became a trending topic on Twitter.
Although this year’s Greenbuild has come and gone, its impact will continue in Los Angeles with the Legacy Project. For this year’s Legacy Project, the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter helped launch an Eco-Tech Maker Space for the Los Angeles Unified School District. This project offers “S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curricula, hands-on learning and environmental stewardship emanating from the reuse of discarded, safe manufacturing materials.”
From beginning to end, Greenbuild always brings the energy that inspires us to engage and create technologies for this industry. We look forward to participating in next year’s conference in Boston.